Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, 11410-11413 [2021-03660]

Download as PDF 11410 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 36 / Thursday, February 25, 2021 / Rules and Regulations torque of the T/R plug by increasing the torque up to 30.5 Nm and inspect for any movement the moment torque is applied. (i) If there is no movement and the tightening torque is at least 30.5 Nm, before further flight, install lockwire by following the Accomplishment Instructions, part I, paragraph 4, of Leonardo Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin (EASB) No. 119–105, Revision A, dated June 3, 2020 (EASB 119–105 Rev A). (ii) If there is any movement or the tightening torque is less than 30.5 Nm, before further flight, comply with paragraph (f)(2) of this AD. (2) Within 50 hours TIS, unless required before further flight by paragraph (f)(1)(ii) of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 200 hours TIS, inspect to determine whether the P/N and serial number (S/N) are visible on the outboard and inboard faces of the T/R duplex bearing by following the Accomplishment Instructions, part II, paragraphs 4 through 13 (except paragraphs 9.1, 13.1, and 13.2), of EASB 119–105 Rev A. Instead of the excluded steps, do the following: Note 1 to paragraph (f)(2): You are not required to discard parts and you may use equivalent tooling to that identified in EASB 119–105 Rev A. (i) If the P/N and S/N markings are visible on the outboard or inboard face of the T/R duplex bearing, before further flight, remove from service the T/R duplex bearing, internal spacer P/N 129–0160–43–101 (internal spacer), external spacer P/N 129–0160–44– 101 (external spacer), bearing liner assembly, and T/R control rod P/N 109–0135–02–101 (T/R control rod). (ii) If the P/N and S/N markings are not visible on the inboard face of the T/R duplex bearing, before further flight, inspect the T/ R duplex bearing, T/R plug, and nut by following the Accomplishment Instructions, part II, paragraphs 14 and 15 (but not paragraphs 15.1 through 15.2), of EASB 119– 105 Rev A. For purposes of this inspection, damage to the races may be indicated by nonmovement of the inner race, movement of the outer race, deformation, roughness, or incorrect installation; and damage to the threads of the T/R plug and nut may be indicated by uneven threads, missing threads, or cross-threading. (A) If the T/R duplex bearing has any rough rotation, brinelling, spalling, chipping, flaking, evidence of overheated bearing balls, or damage to the races, before further flight, remove from service the T/R duplex bearing, the internal spacer, the external spacer, the bearing liner assembly, and the T/R control rod. (B) If the T/R plug or nut has any damaged threads, before further flight, remove from service the affected part. (C) Reassemble the T/R duplex bearing assembly by following the Accomplishment Instructions, part II, paragraphs 16 through 31, of EASB 119–105 Rev A. (3) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a T/R duplex bearing P/N 129– 0160–11–103 on any helicopter unless you have complied with the requirements in paragraph (f)(2) of this AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Feb 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 (g) Credit for Previous Actions (1) Accomplishment of AD 2020–13–02 before the effective date of this AD is considered acceptable for compliance with paragraph (f)(1) and the initial inspection required by paragraph (f)(2) of this AD. (2) Actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD in accordance with the procedures specified in Leonardo Helicopters EASB No. 119–100, dated August 7, 2019, or Leonardo Helicopters EASB No. 119–105, dated May 18, 2020, are considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions specified in paragraph (f)(1) and the initial inspection required by paragraph (f)(2) of this AD. (h) Special Flight Permits Special flight permits are prohibited. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Strategic Policy Rotorcraft Section, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Aircraft Systems Section, Technical Innovation Policy Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email 9-ASW-FTWAMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, the FAA suggests that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (j) Additional Information (1) Leonardo Helicopters EASB No. 119– 100, dated August 7, 2019, and Leonardo Helicopters EASB No. 119–105, dated May 18, 2020, which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331– 225074; fax +39–0331–229046; or at https:// www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. You may view a copy of the service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2020–0128, dated June 4, 2020. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2020–1026. (k) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6400, Tail Rotor System. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Leonardo Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin No. 119–105, Revision A, dated June 3, 2020. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For service information identified in this AD, Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G. Agusta 520, 21017 C. Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331– 225074; fax +39–0331–229046; or at https:// www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov, or go to: https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued on January 29, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–03663 Filed 2–24–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0649; Product Identifier 2019–SW–061–AD; Amendment 39–21410; AD 2021–03–07] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.a. (Leonardo) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This AD requires removing certain engine mounting rods from service and prohibits their installation on any helicopter. This AD was prompted by a report of non-conforming engine mounting rods. The actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective April 1, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of April 1, 2021. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25FER1.SGM 25FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 36 / Thursday, February 25, 2021 / Rules and Regulations For service information identified in this final rule, contact Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39– 0331–225074; fax +39–0331–229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/ en/home. You may view the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also available on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0649. ADDRESSES: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0649; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, any service information that is incorporated by reference, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Bradley, Aviation Safety Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to Leonardo Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with certain serialnumbered engine mounting rods part number (P/N) 3G7120V00132. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2020 (85 FR 41219). The NPRM proposed to require removing the affected engine mounting rods from service and proposed to prohibit installing an affected engine mounting rod on any helicopter. The proposed requirements were intended to prevent failure of an affected engine mounting rod, which could possibly result in loss of control of the helicopter. The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD No. 2019–0149, dated June 24, 2019, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Feb 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for Leonardo S.p.a. (formerly Finmeccanica S.p.A., AgustaWestland S.p.A., Agusta S.p.A.; and AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation, formerly Agusta Aerospace Corporation) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with certain serial numbered engine mounting rods P/N 3G7120V00132 installed. EASA advises of reports of a production nonconformity on a specific batch of these engine mounting rods. EASA further advises that this non-conformity degrades the material strength of the engine mounting rods. EASA states this condition, if not corrected, could lead to failure of an affected engine mounting rod, possibly resulting in loss of control of the helicopter. Accordingly, the EASA AD requires removing from service each affected engine mounting rod, emailing a completed ‘‘Scrap Report’’ to Leonardo Helicopters Division, and installing a serviceable engine mounting rod. The EASA AD also prohibits installing an affected engine mounting rod on any helicopter. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule, but the FAA did not receive any comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA of the unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA is issuing this AD after evaluating all of the information provided by EASA and determining the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of the same type designs and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed. Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD The EASA AD requires emailing a completed ‘‘Scrap Report’’ to Leonardo Helicopters Division at the same compliance time as the engine mounting rod removal, whereas this AD does not. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 139–593, Revision A, dated June 14, PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 11411 2019 (ASB 139–593, Revision A), which specifies procedures to replace the engine outboard and inboard mounting rods from the Number 1 and Number 2 engines. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. Other Related Service Information The FAA reviewed Leonardo Helicopters ASB No. 139–593, dated June 11, 2019. This service information contains the same procedures as ASB 139–593, Revision A. However, ASB 139–593, Revision A expands the applicability from certain serialnumbered Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters to all Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with affected engine mounting rods installed. The FAA also reviewed Leonardo Helicopters AMP DM 39–A–71–21–05– 00A–520A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71–21– 05–00A–720A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71– 21–06–00A–520A–B, AMP DM 39–A– 71–21–06–00A–720A–B, AMP DM 39– A–71–21–07–00A–520A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71–21–07–00A–720A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71–21–08–00A–520A–B, and AMP DM 39–A–71–21–08–00A–720A– B, all dated October 4, 2019. This service information specifies instructions for removing and installing the outboard and inboard engine mounting rods. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects up to 126 helicopters of U.S. Registry. The FAA estimates that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. Labor costs are estimated at $85 per workhour. Replacing an engine mounting rod requires about 8 work-hours and parts cost about $1,000 for an estimated cost of $1,680 per engine mounting rod. According to Leonardo Helicopter’s service information, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. The FAA does not control warranty coverage by Leonardo Helicopters. Accordingly, all costs are included in this cost estimate. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. E:\FR\FM\25FER1.SGM 25FER1 11412 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 36 / Thursday, February 25, 2021 / Rules and Regulations The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on helicopters identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ 2021–03–07 Leonardo S.p.a.: Amendment 39–21410; Docket No. FAA–2020–0649; Product Identifier 2019–SW–061–AD. (a) Applicability This airworthiness directive (AD) applies to Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters, certificated in any category, with an engine mounting rod part number (P/N) 3G7120V00132 with a serial number (S/N) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Feb 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 listed in Figures 2 or 3 of Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. 139– 593, Revision A, dated June 14, 2019 (ASB 139–593), installed. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a non-conforming engine mounting rod. This condition could result in structural failure of the engine mounting rod and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (c) Effective Date This AD becomes effective April 1, 2021. (d) Compliance You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. (e) Required Actions (1) Before further flight, determine the total hours time-in-service (TIS) of each engine mounting rod. (2) Before reaching 225 total hours TIS or within 25 hours TIS, whichever occurs later, with the battery and any other electrical power supply disconnected, remove from service the engine mounting rod as follows: (i) For the Number 1 engine outboard mounting rod, remove from service the Number 1 engine outboard mounting rod and install an airworthy Number 1 engine outboard mounting rod as shown in Detail ‘‘B’’ of Figure 1 of ASB 139–593 and by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 of ASB 139–593, except you are not required to discard the Number 1 engine outboard mounting rod or comply with the ‘‘Scrap Report’’ instruction in paragraph 3.1 of ASB 139–593. Note 1 to paragraphs (e)(2)(i) through (iv): Figure 1 of ASB 139–593 shows the engine outboard and inboard mounting rod assemblies for the left-hand side only, the right-hand side is symmetrical. (ii) For the Number 1 engine inboard mounting rod, remove from service the Number 1 engine inboard mounting rod and install an airworthy Number 1 engine inboard mounting rod as shown in Detail ‘‘C’’ of Figure 1 of ASB 139–593 and by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 3.3 and 3.4 of ASB 139–593, except you are not required to discard the Number 1 engine inboard mounting rod or comply with the ‘‘Scrap Report’’ instruction in paragraph 3.3 of ASB 139–593. (iii) For the Number 2 engine outboard mounting rod, remove from service the Number 2 engine outboard mounting rod and install an airworthy Number 2 engine outboard mounting rod as shown in Detail ‘‘B’’ of Figure 1 of ASB 139–593 and by following the Accomplishment instructions, paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 of ASB 139–593, except you are not required to discard the Number 2 engine outboard mounting rod or comply with the ‘‘Scrap Report’’ instruction in paragraph 4.1 of ASB 139–593. (iv) For the Number 2 engine inboard mounting rod, remove from service the Number 2 engine inboard mounting rod and install an airworthy Number 2 engine inboard mounting rod as shown in Detail ‘‘C’’ PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 of Figure 1 of ASB 139–593 and by following the Accomplishment instructions, paragraphs 4.3 and 4.4 of ASB 139–593, except you are not required to discard the Number 2 engine inboard mounting rod or comply with the ‘‘Scrap Report’’ instruction in paragraph 4.3 of ASB 139–593. (3) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install on any helicopter an engine mounting rod with a P/N and S/N listed in paragraph (a) of this AD. (f) Credit for Previous Actions Actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD in accordance with the procedures specified in Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. 139–593, dated June 11, 2019, are considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions specified in paragraphs (e)(1) and (2) of this AD. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Kristi Bradley, Aviation Safety Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email 9-AVS-AIR-730-AMOC@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, the FAA suggests that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (h) Additional Information (1) Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. 139–593, dated June 11, 2019, and Leonardo Helicopters AMP DM 39–A– 71–21–05–00A–520A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71– 21–05–00A–720A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71–21– 06–00A–520A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71–21–06– 00A–720A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71–21–07– 00A–520A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71–21–07– 00A–720A–B, AMP DM 39–A–71–21–08– 00A–520A–B, and AMP DM 39–A–71–21– 08–00A–720A–B, all dated October 4, 2019, which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331–225074; fax +39–0331–229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/ home. You may view a copy of the service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2019–0149, dated June 24, 2019. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2020–0649. E:\FR\FM\25FER1.SGM 25FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 36 / Thursday, February 25, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (i) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 7120, Engine Mount Section. (j) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. 139–593, Revision A, dated June 14, 2019. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331– 225074; fax +39–0331–229046; or at https:// www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov, or go to: https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued on January 27, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–03660 Filed 2–24–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P spindle bolts and the inner ring and needle bearings of each flapping hinge, corrective actions if necessary, and repetitive replacements of affected flapping hinge components, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. Replacement of all affected flapping hinge components on each flapping hinge is terminating action for the repetitive inspections. This AD also expands the applicability. This AD was prompted by a report of a damaged flapping hinge on a T/R blade. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective April 1, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of April 1, 2021. ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@ easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this material on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0983. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Examining the AD Docket Federal Aviation Administration You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0983; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Moore, Aviation Safety Engineer, Denver ACO Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 26805 E 68th Ave., Denver, CO 80249; telephone 303–342–1095; email daniel.e.moore@ faa.gov. 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0983; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00542–R; Amendment 39–21404; AD 2021–03–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018–05– 09, which applied to all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. AD 2018–05–09 required inspecting the tail rotor (T/R) flapping hinge link (hinge) and reporting the results. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Feb 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 11413 Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0086, dated April 14, 2020 (EASA AD 2020–0086) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, and SA330J helicopters. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2018–05–09, Amendment 39–19218 (83 FR 10360, March 9, 2018) (AD 2018–05–09). AD 2018–05–09 applied to all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2020 (85 FR 70087). The NPRM was prompted by report of a damaged flapping hinge on a T/R blade. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive inspections of the spindle bolts and the inner ring and needle bearings of each flapping hinge, corrective actions if necessary, and repetitive replacements of affected flapping hinge components, as specified in an EASA AD. Replacement of all affected flapping hinge components on each flapping hinge is terminating action for the repetitive inspections. The NPRM also proposed to expand the applicability. The FAA is issuing this AD to address failure of a T/R flapping hinge. This condition could result in unbalance of the T/R, detachment of the T/R gearbox and hub, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. See the MCAI for additional background information. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. E:\FR\FM\25FER1.SGM 25FER1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 36 (Thursday, February 25, 2021)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0649; Product Identifier 2019-SW-061-AD; Amendment 
39-21410; AD 2021-03-07]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Leonardo S.p.a. (Leonardo) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. 
This AD requires removing certain engine mounting rods from service and 
prohibits their installation on any helicopter. This AD was prompted by 
a report of non-conforming engine mounting rods. The actions of this AD 
are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective April 1, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of April 1, 2021.

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ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of 
Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) 
Italy; telephone +39-0331-225074; fax +39-0331-229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. You may view the referenced service 
information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest 
Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is 
also available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-0649.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-
0649; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains 
this AD, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, any 
service information that is incorporated by reference, any comments 
received, and other information. The street address for Docket 
Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-
30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Bradley, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International 
Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; 
telephone 817-222-5110; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to Leonardo Model AB139 
and AW139 helicopters with certain serial-numbered engine mounting rods 
part number (P/N) 3G7120V00132. The NPRM published in the Federal 
Register on July 9, 2020 (85 FR 41219). The NPRM proposed to require 
removing the affected engine mounting rods from service and proposed to 
prohibit installing an affected engine mounting rod on any helicopter. 
The proposed requirements were intended to prevent failure of an 
affected engine mounting rod, which could possibly result in loss of 
control of the helicopter.
    The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD No. 2019-0149, dated June 24, 
2019, issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member 
States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for 
Leonardo S.p.a. (formerly Finmeccanica S.p.A., AgustaWestland S.p.A., 
Agusta S.p.A.; and AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation, formerly 
Agusta Aerospace Corporation) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with 
certain serial numbered engine mounting rods P/N 3G7120V00132 
installed. EASA advises of reports of a production non-conformity on a 
specific batch of these engine mounting rods. EASA further advises that 
this non-conformity degrades the material strength of the engine 
mounting rods.
    EASA states this condition, if not corrected, could lead to failure 
of an affected engine mounting rod, possibly resulting in loss of 
control of the helicopter. Accordingly, the EASA AD requires removing 
from service each affected engine mounting rod, emailing a completed 
``Scrap Report'' to Leonardo Helicopters Division, and installing a 
serviceable engine mounting rod. The EASA AD also prohibits installing 
an affected engine mounting rod on any helicopter.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule, but the FAA did not receive any comments on 
the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public.

FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are approved for 
operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA's bilateral 
agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA of the 
unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA is issuing this AD after 
evaluating all of the information provided by EASA and determining the 
unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other 
helicopters of the same type designs and that air safety and the public 
interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    The EASA AD requires emailing a completed ``Scrap Report'' to 
Leonardo Helicopters Division at the same compliance time as the engine 
mounting rod removal, whereas this AD does not.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) 
No. 139-593, Revision A, dated June 14, 2019 (ASB 139-593, Revision A), 
which specifies procedures to replace the engine outboard and inboard 
mounting rods from the Number 1 and Number 2 engines.
    This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

Other Related Service Information

    The FAA reviewed Leonardo Helicopters ASB No. 139-593, dated June 
11, 2019. This service information contains the same procedures as ASB 
139-593, Revision A. However, ASB 139-593, Revision A expands the 
applicability from certain serial-numbered Model AB139 and AW139 
helicopters to all Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with affected 
engine mounting rods installed.
    The FAA also reviewed Leonardo Helicopters AMP DM 39-A-71-21-05-
00A-520A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-05-00A-720A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-06-00A-
520A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-06-00A-720A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-07-00A-520A-
B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-07-00A-720A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-08-00A-520A-B, 
and AMP DM 39-A-71-21-08-00A-720A-B, all dated October 4, 2019. This 
service information specifies instructions for removing and installing 
the outboard and inboard engine mounting rods.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects up to 126 helicopters of 
U.S. Registry. The FAA estimates that operators may incur the following 
costs in order to comply with this AD. Labor costs are estimated at $85 
per work-hour.
    Replacing an engine mounting rod requires about 8 work-hours and 
parts cost about $1,000 for an estimated cost of $1,680 per engine 
mounting rod.
    According to Leonardo Helicopter's service information, some of the 
costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the 
cost impact on affected individuals. The FAA does not control warranty 
coverage by Leonardo Helicopters. Accordingly, all costs are included 
in this cost estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

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    The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. 
Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight 
of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for 
practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary 
for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that 
authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to 
exist or develop on helicopters identified in this rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 
13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, 
on the relationship between the national government and the States, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various 
levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive:

2021-03-07 Leonardo S.p.a.: Amendment 39-21410; Docket No. FAA-2020-
0649; Product Identifier 2019-SW-061-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This airworthiness directive (AD) applies to Leonardo S.p.a. 
Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters, certificated in any category, 
with an engine mounting rod part number (P/N) 3G7120V00132 with a 
serial number (S/N) listed in Figures 2 or 3 of Leonardo Helicopters 
Alert Service Bulletin No. 139-593, Revision A, dated June 14, 2019 
(ASB 139-593), installed.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a non-conforming engine 
mounting rod. This condition could result in structural failure of 
the engine mounting rod and subsequent loss of control of the 
helicopter.

(c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective April 1, 2021.

(d) Compliance

    You are responsible for performing each action required by this 
AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been 
accomplished prior to that time.

(e) Required Actions

    (1) Before further flight, determine the total hours time-in-
service (TIS) of each engine mounting rod.
    (2) Before reaching 225 total hours TIS or within 25 hours TIS, 
whichever occurs later, with the battery and any other electrical 
power supply disconnected, remove from service the engine mounting 
rod as follows:
    (i) For the Number 1 engine outboard mounting rod, remove from 
service the Number 1 engine outboard mounting rod and install an 
airworthy Number 1 engine outboard mounting rod as shown in Detail 
``B'' of Figure 1 of ASB 139-593 and by following the Accomplishment 
Instructions, paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 of ASB 139-593, except you are 
not required to discard the Number 1 engine outboard mounting rod or 
comply with the ``Scrap Report'' instruction in paragraph 3.1 of ASB 
139-593.

    Note 1 to paragraphs (e)(2)(i) through (iv): Figure 1 of ASB 
139-593 shows the engine outboard and inboard mounting rod 
assemblies for the left-hand side only, the right-hand side is 
symmetrical.

    (ii) For the Number 1 engine inboard mounting rod, remove from 
service the Number 1 engine inboard mounting rod and install an 
airworthy Number 1 engine inboard mounting rod as shown in Detail 
``C'' of Figure 1 of ASB 139-593 and by following the Accomplishment 
Instructions, paragraphs 3.3 and 3.4 of ASB 139-593, except you are 
not required to discard the Number 1 engine inboard mounting rod or 
comply with the ``Scrap Report'' instruction in paragraph 3.3 of ASB 
139-593.
    (iii) For the Number 2 engine outboard mounting rod, remove from 
service the Number 2 engine outboard mounting rod and install an 
airworthy Number 2 engine outboard mounting rod as shown in Detail 
``B'' of Figure 1 of ASB 139-593 and by following the Accomplishment 
instructions, paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 of ASB 139-593, except you are 
not required to discard the Number 2 engine outboard mounting rod or 
comply with the ``Scrap Report'' instruction in paragraph 4.1 of ASB 
139-593.
    (iv) For the Number 2 engine inboard mounting rod, remove from 
service the Number 2 engine inboard mounting rod and install an 
airworthy Number 2 engine inboard mounting rod as shown in Detail 
``C'' of Figure 1 of ASB 139-593 and by following the Accomplishment 
instructions, paragraphs 4.3 and 4.4 of ASB 139-593, except you are 
not required to discard the Number 2 engine inboard mounting rod or 
comply with the ``Scrap Report'' instruction in paragraph 4.3 of ASB 
139-593.
    (3) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install on any 
helicopter an engine mounting rod with a P/N and S/N listed in 
paragraph (a) of this AD.

(f) Credit for Previous Actions

    Actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD in 
accordance with the procedures specified in Leonardo Helicopters 
Alert Service Bulletin No. 139-593, dated June 11, 2019, are 
considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions 
specified in paragraphs (e)(1) and (2) of this AD.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, may 
approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Kristi Bradley, 
Aviation Safety Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, 
International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort 
Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817-222-5110; email [email protected].
    (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating 
certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, the FAA suggests 
that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal 
inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office 
or certificate holding district office, before operating any 
aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC.

(h) Additional Information

    (1) Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. 139-593, 
dated June 11, 2019, and Leonardo Helicopters AMP DM 39-A-71-21-05-
00A-520A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-05-00A-720A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-06-
00A-520A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-06-00A-720A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-07-
00A-520A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-07-00A-720A-B, AMP DM 39-A-71-21-08-
00A-520A-B, and AMP DM 39-A-71-21-08-00A-720A-B, all dated October 
4, 2019, which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional 
information about the subject of this AD. For service information 
identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, Emanuele 
Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di 
Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39-0331-225074; fax +39-0331-229046; 
or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. You may view a copy 
of the service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional 
Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort 
Worth, TX 76177.
    (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union 
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2019-0149, dated June 24, 2019. 
You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2020-0649.

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(i) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 7120, Engine Mount 
Section.

(j) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of the service information listed in this 
paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. 139-593, 
Revision A, dated June 14, 2019.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, 
Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone 
+39-0331-225074; fax +39-0331-229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Office of 
the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 
6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call 817-222-5110.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, email [email protected], or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued on January 27, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-03660 Filed 2-24-21; 8:45 am]
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